Detection of new Francisella-like tick endosymbionts in Hyalomma spp. and Rhipicephalus spp. (Acari: Ixodidae) from Bulgaria.

August 01, 2011 By:
  • Ivanov IN
  • Mitkova N
  • Reye AL
  • Hubschen JM
  • Vatcheva-Dobrevska RS
  • Dobreva EG
  • Kantardjiev TV
  • Muller CP.

We report on the identification of two new Francisella-like endosymbionts (FLEs) found in three different tick species from Bulgaria. The FLEs were characterized by 16S rRNA and tul4 gene sequencing and seem to lack the molecular marker RD1. These two new taxa seem to be facultative secondary endosymbionts of ticks.

2011 Aug. Appl Environ Microbiol.77(15):5562-5. Epub 2011 Jun 24.
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